I'm getting married in July and hope to be getting a Mac Mini in the near future, in which I will be using Plex and playing DVDs on it and was just curious about a few things. I have a lot of music on my main computer, with Vista, and plan on ripping lots of movies into mkv format soon, and was curious if I Plex could communicate with a Vista machine on a shared network to grab all my music and movies on it? Also, was wondering if its better to just hook an external hard drive to the Mac Mini instead of streaming over a network, which is faster? And lastly, does it matter if i'm ripping the dvd movies on a vista machine, i'm using handbrake and encoding them into mkv format, would it make a difference if i did it on the mini instead? Thanks for anybody's info!